The Hard Pans are a new musical endeavor featuring Jimmy Smith and Claude Bernard of dormant Austin roots-rock outfit The Gourds. The band’s lineup is rounded out by the addition of Mark Creaney (The Gourds ‘ longtime sound engineer) on vocals and guitar.
Their new album, Budget Cuts, is rich with the alt-country twang the Gourds became legendary for. This album feels distinctly more vintage, however – approaching surf, rockabilly, New Orleans jazz, and garage with equal aplomb. Creaney lends a welcome touch of grit to the vocals and a 70s-inspired sound to the songwriting.
The band recently enjoyed a serendipitous cameo on Jimmy Kimmel live during SXSW, looking amazing, as evidenced below.
Budget Cuts is available now on Amazon and iTunes, complete with amazing album cover shot at Tamale House on Airport. You can see the band in action at their album release – this Saturday April 19th at Sam’s Town Point (the best little bar you’ll ever find hidden in the woods across from the HEB at Manchaca & Slaughter.) Or learn more about the band at TheHardPans.com.